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Weekly Policing Update - St Ives District

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Good Afternoon, St Ives District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community. I’m sorry that this week’s report is a few days later than normal and so covers a longer period, 15th to 24th October:

Burglaries in St Ives: Firstly, in case you missed it, here is a link to a police announcement issued on Tuesday concerning the arrest of three people in connection with the recent spate of burglaries in St Ives:


Bridge Street – Police received a report from a stall-holder at the Michaelmas Fair on Monday evening, 14th October that a counterfeit £20 note had been passed by a suspect who asked for two £10 notes in exchange. Only after the £10 notes were handed over did the stall-holder discover that the £20 note was a fake. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/73719/19)

Market Hill – Police received a report of youths letting off fireworks amongst the fairground rides on Market Hill in the early hours of Tuesday 15th October, when the attractions were closed and no-one was around. Officers searched the area but no-one acting suspiciously was found. (Ref CC-15102019-0026)

Meadow Lane Park and Ride – The owners of a Toyota Auris car returned to the Meadow Lane Park and Ride site on Tuesday afternoon, 15th October, to discover a suspect in the act of stealing their car’s catalytic converter. As they approached their car a person in a mask pulled away a jack that had been used to lift it up, got into a small blue car parked nearby and drove off. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/73935/19)

London Road – A white Volvo car, parked on London Road on Tuesday evening, 15th October, was damaged when a person walking past scratched its paintwork with a set of keys. The car’s owner was sitting inside at the time and witnessed the suspect, a man in his 50s or 60s, commit the offence. (Ref 35/73946/19)

Crown Street – A thief stole an elderly lady’s purse from her wicker basket as she was shopping in the Crown Street area of St Ives on Wednesday lunchtime, 16th October. It was later discovered abandoned on a pile of rubbish not far away, but the cash inside had been stolen. (Ref 35/74118/19)

Burstellars – Police and an ambulance were called to an incident that happened on Burstellars on Thursday evening, 17th October, in which a car collided with a cyclist. The injured cyclist was taken to A&E for treatment. (Ref CC-17102019-0457)

Tennyson Avenue – There was a burglary at a house on Tennyson Avenue during the night of Thursday 17th / Friday 18th October. Intruders entered via a kitchen window that had been left slightly ajar, stole a PS-4 games machine, a wallet and a purse from the living room, then left by the back door and across the garden. Police are looking at CCTV footage and have made house-to-house enquires at neighbouring properties. (Ref 35/74566/19)

Shakespeare Road – The occupants of a house on Shakespeare Road were woken in the early hours of Friday, 18th October, and discovered that a bathroom window was open and there were signs that an intruder had been in the house, having left via the front door. Police have made enquiries at neighbouring houses and scenes-of-crime officers have also attended. At the moment it does not appear that anything has been stolen. (Ref 35/74662/19)

Pettis Road – A house on Pettis Road was burgled overnight on Thursday 17th / Friday 18th October. Intruders entered via a kitchen window and stole several sets of keys. Police are looking at CCTV footage and have made enquiries at neighbouring houses as part of the investigation. (Ref 35/74784/19)

Tamar Close – There was a burglary at a house on Tamar Close during the night of Friday 18th / Saturday 19th October. Intruders are thought to have entered via an insecure kitchen window, and stole an i-phone and a purse from the living room area before leaving by the front door. Police have checked CCTV footage and carried out house-to-house enquiries at nearby properties, and the investigation is continuing. (Ref 35/74801/19)

The Pavement – A lady’s purse was stolen from her bag whilst she was shopping in The Pavement area of the town centre at lunchtime on Saturday 19th October. It disappeared at some point between two shops, but the victim was unaware of the thief taking it. (Ref 35/74933/19)

Hill Rise – Police searched the driver of a suspicious car found parked up on Hill Rise late on Saturday evening, 19th October, and discovered a small amount of white powder in a silver foil wrap, believed to be a Class B drug. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/75261/19)

St Audrey Lane – Police stopped a suspicious car driving along St Audrey lane in the early hours of Sunday 20th October. The driver was initially arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, but a search of the vehicle revealed substances believed to be Class A and Class B drugs, so he was then also arrested for possession. The car was seized and towed away when checks showed that it had no valid insurance. (Ref 35/75023/19)

Warners Park – A man cycling through Warners Park on Monday afternoon, 21st October, was attacked by a dog which bit his shoe. After shaking it off, the dog then came back and bit the man’s shoe a second time before being caught by its owner. (Ref /75431/19)

Erica Close – Residents of a house on Erica Close were disturbed by a noise from downstairs at around 2:00 am on Tuesday morning, 22nd October. On investigating, two downstairs windows were found to be open and a vase on a window-sill had fallen over. It is thought that someone had tried to enter the house via the windows, and the incident is being treated as an attempted burglary. (Ref 35/75520/19)

Van Dyke Place – Police were notified of a hedge deliberately set on fire near houses on Van Dyke Place on Tuesday morning, 22nd October. The Fire Brigade dealt with the blaze and police are looking at CCTV footage as part of the investigation. (Ref CC-22102019-0192)
Lost and Found:
Found – All Saints Green – Sunday 20th October – An amount of money was found in All Saints Green and handed in to police by an honest resident. If you lost the money, know the specific amount involved and if possible have some corroborating evidence that the money is yours, please contact police using the 101 non-emergency number quoting Incident Number CC-20102019-0349.
Catalytic Converter thefts from Meadow Lane Park and Ride
As mentioned in the above list of offences, there was another theft of a catalytic converter from a car left on the Meadow Lane Park and Ride car park this week. Police are dedicating resources to combat the issue but need the public’s help in remaining vigilant and reporting anything suspicious. Use the 101 non-emergency number, or 999 if a crime is actually in progress.

And Finally – New PC Joins the Huntingdon Neighbourhood Policing Team

PC Phil Hepworth is one of the new officers joining the Huntingdon Neighbourhood Policing Team that covers St Ives, Ramsey and all the villages in between.

PC Hepworth brings five years’ experience as a PCSO and a further five working across the County as a response officer.

Born and bred in the area, PC Hepworth already knows his beat well and is looking forward to introducing himself to everyone (criminals included!) and making an impact. The issues that he will be focusing on include burglary, drug dealing, anti-social behaviour, youth offending and hate-crime – getting to the root cause of the problems to solve them for the long term
Welcome, PC Hepworth!

To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:


Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:
  • the '101' non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site - click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use 'Crimestoppers' to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use '999'.

Best Wishes,
Chris Shaw, PSV
St Ives Police Station
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Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)

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